Steve Ballmer starts tweeting using an Apple iPhone? (Nope, it's a fake account)

Steve Ballmer starts tweeting using an Apple iPhone? (Nope, it's a fake account)
UPDATE: Well, it seems that perhaps Steve Ballmer still feels the same way toward the Apple iPhone as he did in the 2007 video below. The Twitter account @MicrosoftSteve had nothing to do with the former Microsoft CEO and has been suspended.

Now that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is no longer sitting behind a big desk at company headquarters, he is free to use any smartphone he chooses. Still, you would think that since he still does own 4% of Microsoft, his natural inclination would be to go with a Windows Phone powered handset. And considering that he was running the ship when Microsoft announced the acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services, we could pin it down some more and say that Mr.Ballmer could be expected to use a Nokia Lumia model.

Thus, it was surprising to see a new Twitter account that seemingly (and we aren't taking that word lightly) belongs to Steve Ballmer (@MicrosoftSteve), sending out some tweets using the Twitter for iPhone app. One of those tweets contained a selfie, showing Mr.Ballmer.

If this is legitimately Steve Ballmer's Twitter account, and he is using the iPhone, it would be ironic considering that back in 2007, he dismissed the newly launched touchscreen smartphone because of its price, and lack of a keyboard. In the video below, you'll hear Ballmer talk about Microsoft having its mobile strategy in place as he promotes the features on the Motorola Q.

Earlier this year, Ballmer admitted that he wished that he could have the last decade back so that he could focus more on mobile. But since there is no such thing as a time machine, Microsoft's former CEO needs to look ahead. Windows Phone grew nicely last year, and with Windows Phone 8.1 soon to be unveiled, there could be some further momentum for the platform that was first launched under his watch. So why is he using an Apple iPhone?


source: @MicrosoftSteve via Gizmodo

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175 Comments

165. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Compared to most People I under use my smart phone I mainly use it to make can you believe "phone calls". I keep one for on the go information from the web if I need it and a backup device to check email and contact and be able to be contacted in a case of a Family or natural emergency like a flood or earthquake. A Nokia 520 would suit me just fine but I got a higher end Nokia 928. I am quite amused by all the comments I read about which smart phone has the most and the best APPS and such. I prefer a Tablet to a smart phone to use Apps because I like a bigger screen to see what I am working with as soon as I can I will get me a good 10.1 inch Windows 8.1 tablet. my only complaint about buying them is that a windows 8.1 tablet with a Intel i7 CPU cost's an arm and a leg. Intel i5 CPU tablets are OK for general computer use's but if you want play serious games or run "CAD" programs you need a Tablet with a Intel i7 CPU. Damn a good I7 CPU can cost more than some tablets. I hope that Intel lowers the cost of their I7 CPU' to make full rated Windows 8.1 Tablets cheaper. also it would help if more you developers out there would make programs, Apps that run well on the cheaper Intel Atom CPU tablet's Oh well I can dream can't I

83. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I personally can't think of a better slight to WP users then the leaders of their eco system has done. Everyone tests others equipment but they don't use them personally to engage social media an post pictures an have a good old time. At least professionals do not. Select your end result,..they've no.. Faith, Professionalism?

86. papss unregistered

Read the update.. It was a fake account

94. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Noted.

109. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

No it wasn't! Fake acount! Accept the truth! Truth is hard to accept cause truth hurts!

133. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Android is a bug infested and laggy little mess only popular cuz of Samsung and ultra cheap Chinese manufacturers. There's the truth. Now deal with it.

144. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You know, you bitch about Android fans trolling, but you come right back and do it yourself.

148. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I don't troll. I state facts. If they're hurtful, I'm not at fault.

155. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Huh like you nokia fanboys dont troll. If i dig the past, when lumia 920 was announced, you nokia fanboys bloated all android articles with '920 the best', '920 will kill this' comments. Then this increased with 1020 and 1520 announcement. Lol dont pretend to be innocent. You were the guys who started all this sh*t. Before this no one cared, no one gave a damn to wp comic books. With such BS comments do you think droid fans are going to sit like a dumb. Lol.

156. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Again take this +1 for this dumb comment

166. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"Android is a bug infested and laggy little mess only popular cuz of Samsung and ultra cheap Chinese manufacturers." These are not facts. Even if you take away Samsung Android would still be more popular than Windows Phone, and so what if Samsung has taken off with Android? They've done a good job with their devices, generally speaking. As for Android being bug infested and laggy, you're still fever dreaming that Google never advanced past 1.0. Nowadays Android is so well polished and advanced that even long time iPhone diehards are accepting it as a worthy competitor to their precious devices. No one who has an iPhone or an Android device is really jealous of anything Windows Phone has as an operating system. The literal only reason Windows Phone has made any gains at all is because Nokia went all in on it, and is surviving based on the popularity they had prior to Windows Phone. Even with it, they are a shadow of what they once were, with no signs they'll ever fully recover. Hell, you have to go down the list to Motorola, by far not even close to the most popular Android manufacturer, to find one that was bought by Google. Nokia, the single most popular WP manufacturer, had to be bought out by Microsoft.

79. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Oh really i've seen one of you nokia fanboys sayin that ''I've converted(converted as in religion conversion ROFL) most of my friends from android to windows phones''. This is like pulling friends in the hell where you were living so long. I've a feeling that you nokia fanboys came here at PA justifying your err purchase and convincing others.

82. papss unregistered

Not at all.. I believe. Nokia hardware and WP software are a perfect combo.. Now I've never tried any WP device lower that the 920 (my first of many WP for me).

137. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Why don't you go back to watching WWE, kiddo? Go and watch CM Punk wrestle, who has turned you into a punk as well.

142. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I dont watch it these days probably a year. It has turned to sh*t.

147. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Just like Android you mean?

60. papss unregistered

Fandroids are like their preferred OS.. Virus infested malware induced.. They feel threatened by WP and they know what will eventually happen..

111. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

WP has no major apps and games! I couldn't find any bank apps or other major apps to download, cause it only shows iOS and android. That really sucks. And no drop notification! Who and why would anyone want a platform which is 3times restricted than iOS,,,,?

123. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

"virus infested malware" Um, no. There isn't, and has never been, a single piece of malware or virus on my phone. The malware threat to Android is practically nonexistent to average users as long as they're in a country where Google Play is available to use as an app market. Which is most of them, incidentally. As for what will *eventually* happen, sure. *Eventually* Android will decline and a different mobile OS will take its place as the dominant player on the field. That different mobile OS might even be Windows Phone. However, it won't be quick, and will only happen if Google stops continually improving Android and adding great features to it. Of course, they haven't stopped yet.

136. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Ignore these stupid little trolls. They don't realize their hate wont change the actual facts, i.e. Android is a laggy and bug infested OS only popular cuz of its open source nature. WP may not be open source, but it is a million times more refined that Android. It looks modern, and more appealing than those stupid widgets and icons. Even iOS 7 looks better than those large and ugly icons on KitKat. The truth is hard for them to deal with, hence they find some other OS to blame and hate on. Let them enjoy and have a good time hating on WP, which is the future of mobile OSes.

143. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

The only time I ever got a customer to look at Windows Phone long enough to get an aesthetic opinion, she told me it was utterly hideous. And if WP is the future of mobile OSes, I'll just go ahead and burn off my hands so I can never hold a smartphone again.

149. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

That's great, burn your hands immediately. It would also prevent you from typing up any BS comments on this site. :)

161. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Funny, you know what i get when people hold droids....if it wasnt for the apps, the icons are 90's... When i show them wp devices, a setup device that is not the joke of the stock tiles. They gravitate like candy. Not to mention when i show them pictures from a 925 vs the note 3 and s4, and the price and others...925 goes into their hands like it was meant to be.

56. zdprince

Posts: 24; Member since: May 10, 2013

Come on guys... so you still get trapped into this old Apple marketing tricks. They have seen the potential of windows phone and especially what came in 8.1 so are trying to move public attention. But with wise fellows like myself, we got the message.

47. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

All these fandroids trolls will be burning in their chairs now after reading that in fact, it was a fake account. :D

43. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 2012

You guys should calm your nerves down, that account is pretty Fake. Me and my guys here in LA created it just to cook up Something against MS and the former CEO.

42. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I agree with that in my opinion WP is the best OS, I feel largely thats why some Android fanboys especially bash it while iOS,Android and many of its OEMs mimics WP experience, HTC one looks more like a WP than your typical Android phone for eg.

48. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

As I said before, WP > iOS > Any other BS OS.

54. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Dude stop cracking poor jokes that arent even laughable.

53. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

BS. widgets existed before your ill fated so called live tiles were born. You looked like a living awkward joke when you said htc one looks more like wp8 lmao. WP is the best OS joke of the millenium ROFL. Also flat ui is not a MS invention. And tiles are rip off from cards UI based webOS.

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